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COSATU statement following the visit by Deputy General Secretary Solly Phetoe to the family of a 27 years old farm worker killed by a farmer in North West
Cosatu is pleased that its visit contributed to the emotional support to the bereaved Family of Makgobe during their difficult time. The 27 old farm worker Tsholofelo Albert Makgobe was killed by a farmer on his first day at work. The family were unable to bury their child and the family struggled for two weeks but after Cosatu intervened ANC and social development were able to assist in making sure that the burial takes place this weekend.
We also ensured that Department of Labour and Police investigate the matter and other related matters, where farm workers have been brutally killed. Cosatu reiterate its position that those responsible must be brought to book and calls on our government not to be lenient and confront racial discrimination toward farm workers.
We are pleased that after our involvement the police have now opened the case against the suspect. The federation has been very vocal on the killings and exploitation of workers in the province, particularly in the Ventersdorp area. We will continue to fight for the rights of those who are vulnerable.
We have also visited 14 dismissed workers at Boulamont farm ,who have been without work for three years because of racial discrimination and exploitation. Many white farmers in the province operate outside the labour laws. There are workers who worked 40 years without have been registered , some got injured and not have been compensated.
Cosatu through the intervention of its national and local structures will convene meeting with all the victims of these exploitation immediately after its CEC ,and we are making a call to our government to compel farmers to respect rights of workers. We call on department of Land Affairs to address all outstanding cases of evictions , the Department of Labour needs to enforce compliance to OHSA and our Justice system needs to be decisive in acting against those who are exploiting our poor people.
We plan a rolling mass mass action to compel government to deal with these racist exploiters.
For more information contact Provincial Secretary Job Dliso 071 489 1384/ 082 463 1840